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Certification Data Exchange Project


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Improving Data Exchange Between Industry Certification Organizations and State Data Systems


From 2012-2017, ACTE®, in cooperation with a number of national and state partners, supported a project to expand and improve data exchange between industry certification organizations and state longitudinal data systems.

The Certification Data Exchange Project tested data sharing between state education and workforce data systems and industry certifiers, created standardized tools and processes, and raised awareness about the importance of industry certification data.

Read a final report sharing results and discussing lessons learned and recommendations for future data-sharing and -matching efforts, download reporting templates and watch a companion video.


Project Resources


Industry Organizations

Other Certification & Data Resources  

This graphic illustrates in high-level detail the match process:

Certification Project Match Process Graphic

Industry certifications and licensure are a growing part of the expected outcomes of CTE programs, and the Department of Education is interested in the identification of solutions to the issues surrounding state collection of valid and reliable data.

To find out more, check out the resources below and email ACTE.

Project Resources


States That Have Executed Data-sharing Agreements

  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina 
  • Oklahoma


 Participating Industry Certification Organizations

 CompTIA logo CompTIA
 ACT logo ACT
 MSSC logo Manufacturing Skill Standards Council


Other Certification & Data Resources

* Technical assistance activities for this project are supported under the Improving Program Performance Technical Assistance to States project, Contract Number (ED-VAE-11-O-023) as administered by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents on this web page do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education or the U.S. Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


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